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Penguins lose right winger Asham to concussion symptoms

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By Josh Yohe
Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Right wing Arron Asham is the sixth Penguins player to be diagnosed with a concussion or concussion symptoms this season. He is out indefinitely after experiencing symptoms during the Penguins' 6-3 victory in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

"(He has) symptoms that are concussion-like, and we are treating it as such," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

Asham was involved in a fight with Florida's Krys Barch during the first period of a game last Friday, although the Penguins have not been able to confirm that a concussion took place at that time.

Asham, who missed seven weeks with a concussion last season, felt nauseous while on the bench during the second period against the Lightning.

Joe Vitale has replaced him in the lineup during the past two games.

> > Thursday's game against the Rangers marked the first time since Oct. 22 that the Penguins' top seven defensemen — Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Zbynek Michalek, Paul Martin, Matt Niskanen, Deryk Engelland and Ben Lovejoy — were all healthy.

> > Lovejoy was a healthy scratch with Letang back in the lineup. In his 12 games since returning from a broken wrist, Lovejoy has produced an even plus/minus rating, one goal and one assist.

> > Center Evgeni Malkin was in the lineup Thursday night despite missing several practices recently, including Wednesday's.

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